Home security is a concern for most people in the US and everyone wants to prevent the possibility of being burgled. Some experts will tell you that there is no way you will stop a determined burglar, but there are things you can do to lower the risk of it happening to your home.
Look For Weaknesses
Check all your doors and windows for weaknesses that would make a forced entry easy. For instance, as the main entrance to your home, the front door should be as secure as possible. One made from hardwood or metal will be a much better option security wise than a lightweight hollow core door. Fit heavy-duty deadbolts with screws at least three inches long to stop any potential burglar kick your front door open.
To get through your windows they do not have to break them if one of them does not shut properly, it will be easy to force open. Some older type sliding windows take very little effort to lift off the tracks, but a piece of doweling or something similar in the track will help to prevent this. You can also buy sensor alarms that are designed for use on glass windows and doors.
Installing home CCTV can deter burglars, especially if the cameras can be seen but are out of their reach. Then the risk of being caught is much greater for them, and they are less likely to break into your home.
Use An App
Although you will always hear stories about burglaries that have happened while the home is occupied, most burglars are not too keen to meet the residents and opt for plying their trade when homes are empty. You can fool them into thinking someone is in your home with a simple app on your smartphone. This will enable you to turn on lights and TV, close and open curtains and blinds and generally make it appear that the home is not empty.
Be Well Lit
Thieves are looking for easy targets, and a home that is well lit on the outside means that they might be spotted by neighbors. A light over your front door will help, and sensor lights around the rest of the house are a good idea. You may find that sometimes they are turned on by animals wandering through, but the will also come on if a human is anywhere near.
Use Warning Signs
So many people have used warning signs that are untrue that there is now some debate as to whether they work. Will a burglar risk being bitten by a dog if there is a ‘beware of dog sign’ and will they just be more prepared with a treat or two for them? If your home has a sign saying it is alarmed, but there is no sign of it, will that really deter a burglar?
The signs are very inexpensive to buy and you may well think it is worth the having a couple in your home.
Be aware of your surroundings and notice if there are any changes in your neighborhood. Is there a strange car hanging around? Are there people just loitering on your street? Things like this are signs that someone is about to be burgled, and you should let the police know of your concerns. They may only be able to drive around, but seeing their presence can make the burglars move on.